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SPECIAL FEATURES

PERCEIVING REALITY: The Making of SCALENE (Prologue)
Featurette - World Premiere/Q&A at Dances With Films
Featurette - Awards Ceremony at Dances With Films
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SYNOPSIS

SCALENE is a perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student (Hanna Hall) by a mentally handicapped man (Adam Scarimbolo) and his mother s (Margo Martindale) subsequent revenge.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Margo Martindale, Hanna Hall, Adam Scarimbolo
  • Directors: Zack Parker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085QJ1YM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scalene" on IMDb

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By Paul A. Klinger on April 29, 2015
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This film is challenging to follow, as the director decided to film the three characters stories separately, one in reverse order, one in linear order, and
one every which way. I usually hate when a director puts style over coherence, but here, the film is immediately riveting, and if you pay attention,
it is not too difficult to follow and understand just what happened. Margo Martindale was her usual excellent self. The film starts with a killing and then gradually shows you what led up to it, making a complete circle by the end. I liked it enough to purchase a copy.
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People out there be hatin on Christopher Nolan.
People out there be hatin on Todd Solondz.
And who can blame them. The first can be hard to hang with cerebrally, and the second is extremely distasteful, intentionally and involuntarily so, on an emotional level, an ethical level, and just about every other level that there can be.
But riddle me this.
Without Memento, and without Happiness, could we possibly have a movie like this, dare I say, masterpiece?
(I dare.)
Doubtful. Very doubtful.
And that would be a shame.
No spoilers. One day I shall publish a long essay about this film and her bounteous merits. I'll sing the praises of cast and crew alike. But not tonight.
Watch. Please.

p.s.
Screamqueen Watch #1: Hanna Hall has this super earthy Genevieve Morton type beauty. Call me maybe, HH? jk! (sort of)
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Scalene (Zack Parker, 2011)

The main problem with Scalene is that it is roughly half of a very interesting movie. We get all of the setup, and then just when the story is about to kick into gear, the movie ends and you realize that what you thought was the crucial piece of the setup was, in fact, meant as a twist ending. And to be fair to the movie, it does function that way, but it still feels like setup—and that makes it lack the twist-ending punch that would at least give it the gravitas necessary to perform its function in that regard.

Jakob Trimble (Stake Land's Adam Scarimbolo) is twenty-six, mute, and somewhat mentally challenged. His mother Janice (Justified's Margo Martindale) has done most of the caregiving, though she mentions in one scene that he has also had a series of outside caregivers as well. The most recent of them is Paige (The Virgin Suicides' Hanna Hall). The film gives us a year of Paige working for Janice and Jakob through the eyes of all three participants. Something has gone terribly wrong, however; in the opening shot, we see Janice showing up at Paige's front door brandishing a gun. From there, we go back to when Paige is initially hired, and we see how we get from point A to point B.

While I think this is a minor spoiler (I have been trying to avoid spoilers throughout despite a number of them appearing in every synopsis of the movie I have read), it's really something you want to know heading into this: it is a nasty little movie. There are no good guys here. That's interesting, because the movie is set up to be all good guys; Parker is playing the meta here, and he's pretty effective about it. (There is a scene early in the movie that you may spend some time wondering about.
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I thought this was a horror movie. However, it is a very sad movie about a mentally handicapped young man who is being abused by his mother. She hires a caregiver for him & the caregiver discovers the physical abuse when she sees bruises. The young man is very gentle, unable to talk or defend himself. The caretaker does something unthinkably stupid and dangerous in an attempt to help the many get out of his situation. However, her "plan" backfired so badly that the boy ended up in prison & his mother dead which were all the resulting occurrences after the caregiver he completed the plan. I was sickened by the caregivers behavior and what she did to "help" the young man. Furthermore, I was totally depressed at the end because the story reminds you that this situation is something that occurs in out society all the time. Developmentally delayed individuals are prime targets for an abuser. This is a very real problem that exists in our society. Unfortunately many don't get help or taken away from the abusive situation because they are unable or unaware or confused among other things so they can't reach out or ask for the help they need. Don't watch this movie if you are extremely sensitive.
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I really enjoyed this movie. I never heard of it so it was a pleasant surprise. I don't agree w/ the guy who said it's a lifetime movie. It's an indie film....and if you have seen enough of them you should appreciate this movie.

I did like the backwards to foward effect of the movie. However there is a part of the movie that is a little far fetched.
Why didn't Page just follow through w/ calling Adult services? The extreme measures she takes to save Jacob did not seem realistic.

However, I did like this movie, it kept my attention, and as I said it was Very original. Take the time to rent this one. If you are an Indie fan you should enjoy it.
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